Walt's Barn Celebrates 25 Years at Griffith Park

Walt’s Barn to Celebrate 25th Anniversary on Sunday, July 21, 2024

Walt’s Barn announced today that it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday, July 21, 2024. This will be a special Sunday that includes carnival themed activities, the opportunity to tour Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn, and a whole lot more. Because of the popularity of this event, reservations will be required. The event is free, however donations are welcome and support the Carolwood Foundation. Reservations will allow for different times to enter during the event. They can be made here. Below are the official details about this very special event:


Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Sunday Barn Day! 

We invite you to come out and join the in the festivities as we celebrate 25 years at Griffith Park! We have a ton of surprise activities in store for our guests, including free carnival games, and as such, we will need to limit the number of people inside our area each hour.  There is no fee to reserve a time, donations are appreciated, but you MUST reserve a time to come out to visit us on Sunday, July 21, 2024. No one will be permitted in without a reservation.  You will have one hour inside the barn grounds before you will be asked to leave so we can make room for the next group to come in. 

For Sunday, July 21st, we invite you to wear your best 1920s beach carnival attaire! Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. Guests attending will also recieve a special gift for completing the carnival games! (Gift is only available to those who come visit us on Sunday. July 21st) 

Tickets are “Pay What You Can” Any amount is considered a donation to the Carolwood Foundation to help us continue to operate Walts Barn for years to come. 

Times available are: 

  • 11am – 12pm
  • 12pm – 1pm
  • 1pm – 2pm
  • 2pm – 3pm

If you have bought a ticket for the events on Friday, July 19 or Saturday, July 20, you will still need to reserve a spot through this link.

Due to the surpise activities planned, we will not have any scheduled special guests for July.  Any questions, please reach out to Cathy@Carolwood.org.

Please note that all events, activities, displays and operating hours are subject to change without notice.

Walt’s Barn is exactly what the name indicates. It once was the barn that was in Walt Disney’s backyard. It was a replica of the Disney family barn on their farm in Marceline, Missouri. At his home, Walt Disney used this barn as a workshop to build model trains and other miniatures. The barn was moved by the Disney family in 1999 from the family home to Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, of which Walt was a founding member. The barn has lived on since then as a museum that shows off Walt’s love of trains. It is operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation and filled with trains of all scales. Many of these were donated to the Carolwood Foundation by Walt Disney’s animators and friends that shared a love of trains. There are also personal items and tools of Walt Disney’s on display. The work benches were even built by hand by Walt himself!

Generally, Walt’s Barn is open on the 3rd Sunday of the month to the public from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. As noted above, there will be reservations required for Sunday, July 21, 2024. For other Sundays, check with the Walt’s Barn Facebook page before visiting to confirm their schedule. There is also more information about Walt’s Barn at https://www.carolwood.org/.

What do you think of this celebration of 25 years of Walt’s Barn? Will you be attending? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!